The leading global voice
We play a major role in bringing the CV community together to drive transformational change.
Together we are stronger
By 2025, our aim is to reduce premature deaths from CVD by at least 25%.
Join the fight
Become a WHF member and help us to build global commitment to address cardiovascular health at the policy level.
We convene and connect our members
To share science, best practice and resources, acting as a global thought leader and catalyst for positive change.
Celebrate World Heart Day
The biggest global awareness-raising campaign for CVD.
Attend the Congress
Join world leaders in heart health, share ideas, network with specialists.
Advocating for heart health
We lead the global advocacy effort for action to prevent, control and reduce the global burden of CVD.
All our programmes and partnerships are aimed at creating awareness of CVD as a priority issue across the globe.
Find out more about our and our members’ work around the world.
Explore everything from toolkits, videos and infographics, to policy reports, factsheets and more.
Find out more about our and our members' work around the world.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders launches a sensitization campaign to raise awareness about Chagas Disease
The initiative targets people in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and the United States in advance of International Chagas Disease Day
Rio de Janeiro, April 14th – The international humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) launches the awareness campaign “A big heart is not always a good thing” for International Chagas Disease Day (4/14). The initiative aims to raise public awareness of Chagas disease and remind that, contrary to what many people think, it still affects the health and quality of life of millions of people around the world, especially in Latin America, where it is endemic.
By accessing the webpage chagas.msf.br/en (chagas.msf.br/es for the Spanish version), social media users can share stories of people affected by Chagas to bring attention to this disease and explain that it is still a serious public health issue.
There are more than 6 million people affected by Chagas disease worldwide, but only 1 out of 10 people affected have been diagnosed. Twelve thousand people die each year from causes associated with this disease, and about 75 million live at risk of being infected in Latin America.
“Since there are no systematic diagnosis programs, this number is certainly underestimated. Many people end up dying without even knowing they were infected,” says Juan-Carlos Cubides, MSF epidemiologist. “This scenario can only be changed by public policies, which are only prioritized when there is a pressure from society, and this engagement begins with the dissemination of information. It is precisely this effect that we want to provoke with this sensitization initiative.”
From 1999 to 2016, MSF developed primary health care projects for those affected by Chagas disease. These projects have been implemented in several countries, including Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. MSF also trained health professionals in Brazil to respond to Chagas.
Following 110 years of neglect, the World Health Assembly declares an official day for Chagas disease
WHF joins WHO call on food industry to eliminate artificial trans fat
More research urgently needed to treat and prevent cardiovascular disease